Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Pink Lemonade Coconut Water Frosty

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The weather is about to really heat up so get ready to cool off with this Pink Lemonade Coconut Water Frosty!  This refreshing drink is rich in electrolytes, antioxidants, AND low in calories!  We love this beverage as a way to stay cool AND hydrated this summer (as always, staying hydrated is such an important part of maintaining healthy skin)!

 

Pink Lemonade Coconut Water Frosty

Makes one tall glass

11 ounces coconut water (unsweetened)
1/3 cup frozen peaches
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
3/4 cup ice (use coconut water ice cubes for double coco water yumminess)
2 Tbsp lemon juice

Blend. Pour. Enjoy!

 

Notes:

You can always change it up by adding-in or swapping different fruits in this recipe. Blueberries, bananas, pineapple, mango, kiwi, melon and so many more.

 

Use fresh or frozen fruit – frozen fruit will give you an icier beverage.

 

Use “unflavored” coconut water – and make sure it contains no added sugar! And if you can find fresh coconuts go for it, the fresher the better!

 

This is a Low Calorie Sip (around 100 calories)!
11 ounces coconut water = 60 calories
1/2 cup strawberries = 22 calories
1/3 cup frozen peaches = 18 calories
ice/lemon = very small

 

Source: Lunch Box Bunch

 

 

PLUS! If you like this recipe than check out a little peek at what’s going on inside The Parliament right now!  The SkinOwl has found a bunch of smoothie recipes that are specific to different skin issues like…

 

GET UP AND GLOW  *For dry skin experiencing a loss of radiance*

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BALANCE AND HEAL *For skin experiencing redness, acne, itchiness, or inflammation*

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To get these recipes and more join The Parliament today!  Click HERE to find out more!

 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Herb Garden

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What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by starting your own herb garden!  Spring is the perfect time to start planting.  Plus, having your own herb garden can be cost effective and great for your health!

 

First of all, using natural herbs to add flavor to your cooking is a much healthier alternative to prepackaged sauces and/or spice packets.  Often we think we are cooking “healthy” just because we are cooking at home BUT you need to ask yourself how many prepackaged items are you opening up to put into your home-cooked meal?  The more fresh ingredients you can substitute for any canned or container items, the better!

 

fresh basil herb garden

 

Second, natural herbs are also full of fantastic health benefits! Basil is one of the easiest herbs to grow at home and it is one of our favorite herbs because it is a great way to flavor so many dishes from salads, to chili, to chicken, to soup and more! AND it can do wonders for your body!  Basil is known to have exceptionally powerful antioxidant properties that can protect the body from premature aging, common skin issues, and other age-related problems. The herb also contains the flavonoids orientin and vicenin, which are plant pigments that shield your cell structures from oxygen and radiation damage.

 

So what are you waiting for?!  Get some seeds, soil, and planters and get started today!

 

Need a few tips on how to get started growing your own herb garden?  Visit these sites for pointers:

 

Frugally Sustainable

How Stuff Works

Giver’s Log

The Skinny Gourmet

 

 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Smoky Beet Burgers

It’s almost summer which means BBQs and burgers are on the horizon! We were thinking: Why not substitute those beef burger patties for a healthier (but still hearty) skin-loving alternative?!

 

Beets are high in folate, which stimulates the production and repair of cells, which helps protect against premature aging. One of the many reasons we (and our skin!) LOVE beets!  PLUS they also happen to be delicious and soaked in color!  For these two reasons, we just couldn’t resist this new recipe for Smoky Beet Burgers by the Sprouted Kitchen!

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SMOKY BEET BURGERS // Makes 8

 

Ingredients:

3 T. grapeseed/extra virgin olive oil

1 yellow onion, very roughly chopped

1 cup walnuts

1/2 cup golden raisins

1 cup grated beets

3 cloves garlic, smashed
2 tsp. sweet smoked paprika
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup cooked green lentils
1 egg
2 cups cooked short grain brown (or white) rice
// feta spread //
1 cup/ 8 oz. feta cheese
1/4 cup whole milk greek yogurt
squeeze of lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
few grinds fresh ground pepper

buns, sliced cucumber, microgreens, tomato for burger building

 

Instructions:

 

Heat the oil over medium heat in a large sauté pan. Add the onions and cook for about 10 minutes until just golden. Add the walnuts, raisins, beets, garlic and paprika and cook another 10 minutes, stirring often. Let the mix cool slightly. Transfer the mixture to a food processor and pulse a few times until chunky.

 

Put the mixture in a large bowl and stir in the salt, pepper and half the lentils. Replace the food processor (dirty is fine) and pulse the other half of the lentils, egg and rice together a few times to make a coarse puree. Note: Louisa has you add all the lentils whole to the mixture, I felt like some of them in the rice puree helps it all hold. Add the rice mixture to the onion mixture and mix well.

 

Make the feta spread by mixing all ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Set aside.

 

Use lightly oiled hands to form 8-10 small patties just under 1” thick.

 

Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet or cast iron over medium-high heat and add oil to coat the bottom. Place the burgers in the skillet (doing so in batches if necessary) and cook undisturbed for 5 minutes. GENTLY flip the burgers, turn the heat down, cover and cook for 10 minutes until the burgers have a firm, brown crust.

 

Serve warm with your favorite condiments.

 

Recipe Source: Sprouted Kitchen

 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Skingredients: The Best Nutrients For Your Skin

You can “feed your beauty” both by what you put INto your body and what you put ONto your body!  We love this chart because it provides some clear and easy ways that your skin can absorb essential nutrients both by eating them AND applying them.  Check it out…

best nutrients for your skin to eat to apply

 

 

SkinOwl Fun Fact:  Our SkinOwl EYE Cream has Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Hylauronic Acid, which means you can easily apply all three of these wonderful nutrients to your skin at once… which saves time… which decreases stress… and helps your skin to staying glowing and fresh! We will drink (grapefruit juice) to that!

 

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Pick up SkinOwl EYE here!

 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Gluten-Free Conversion Chart

Some studies have shown that a Gluten-Free diet can be beneficial to your skin.  Wheat is one of the top eight most allergenic foods, according to the Mayo Clinic, and allergic reactions are always highly prone to show up on our skin! Therefore, eliminating excess Wheat Flour may have a positive impact on your skin!  As a result, we are giving you our favorite Conversion Chart. If you like to cook and bake, this chart is a great resource that can help you easily substitute Wheat Flour for other ingredients that are Gluten-Free!  We recommend printing it and posting it up in your kitchen…
gluten free conversion chart

 

 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Skingredients: Martha Stewart Loves Argan Oil… Naturally!

Everyone is raving about Argan Oil these days, even the Queen Bee herself Ms. Martha Stewart! The latest issue of Martha Stewart Living Magazine features Argan Oil as a “Need to Know” item…we couldn’t agree more as it is the main ingredient in our facial oils! This was our first product launch for some very big reasons. See below!

 

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The magazine notes that “Argan Oil is that rare ingredient that lives up to its hype. Harvested from Morocco’s argan tree, this little nut is packed with Vitamin E, phenols, and fatty acids. It also leaves whatever it touches soft as silk…”  It is truly liquid gold that mitigates everything from acne to the aging process!

 

Thanks to SkinOwl Fan Sarah Dashew for sending us this article!

 

Check out our Argan Oil Infusions available in our Online Store or at several local Retailers

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Kale and Fig Salad

Oh how we love Kale!  It is low in calories, high in fiber and has zero fat.  It is high in iron, vitamins A and C, and antioxidants.  Plus it is good for cardiovascular support and it is an anti-inflammatory food… you get the idea! In a nutshell, it’s really really good for you!  And what is good for your inner beauty will always promote glowing, healthy skin!  So why not give it a try in the form of this delicious salad recipe?!

 

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Kale and Fig Salad

 

Ingredients:

Kale

1 head of kale

juice of 1/2 lemon

pinch of salt

1 tbs. raw olive oil

 

Instructions:

1. Rinse kale leaves and pat off water with dish towel or paper towel.

2. Remove stem from each leaf.

3. Cut leaves into small strips and place in a bowl.

4. Add lemon juice, salt, and olive oil to leaves and massage thoroughly with hands. (This will soften kale and reduce leaves in size.) Set aside.

 

Dressing:

1/2 avocado

3 tbs. raw olive oil

2 tbs. raw apple cider vinegar

juice of 1 lemon

1/2 tbs. raw honey (or raw coconut sugar for vegans)

1. Place all ingredients in blender and mix until well combined.

2. Toss dressing with kale leaves until mix well.

 

Toppings:

6-8 dried turkish figs, stems removed

2 tbs. hemp seeds

1/2 cup raw pecans, chopped, or maple spiced pecans (optional)

pinch of black pepper

1. Chop figs into small pieces.

2. Add all ingredients to kale salad. Enjoy!

 

Recipe Source: Pure and Simple

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Gluten-Free Pomegranate Flax Waffles

Okay, so we know that waffles aren’t always the healthiest item on the menu, BUT if you’re going to make waffles, you should make these! This recipe is Gluten-Free and made with fantastic, nutritious ingredients like coconut oil (which has been known to increase good cholesterol as well as boost normal thyroid function). Plus, top your waffles with pomegranate seeds to get  your daily punch of antioxidants!  Go ahead and indulge…

 

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Ingredients:

1 egg, room temperature
1 1/2 cup milk (great with buttermilk or non dairy beverage of choice)
2 Tbsp. orange juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 Tbsp. melted coconut oil
2 Tbsp. flaxmeal
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oat flour
2 Tbsp. muscavado or brown sugar
dash of cinnamon
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt

 

Instructions:

Heat your waffle iron.

Whisk the egg, milk (or non dairy beverage), orange juice, vanilla together. Whisk in the melted coconut oil.

Add the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix well, pressing out any clumps. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and stir until just combined. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes for the flaxmeal to absorb some liquid. Add enough batter to fill your waffle iron, don’t over stuff it. Remove cooked waffle* and enjoy warm.Don’t stack them, they’ll steam each other. You can keep waffles warm on a cookie sheet in a 200′ oven if waiting for remaining waffles.

Top with real maple syrup, fruit, whipped cream, jam, nut butter or my consistent stand by, goat yogurt and pom seeds.

 

Note: 

If you don’t have these flours on hand, a 1 1/2 cup total of your preferred flours, or GF All Purpose flour will work fine here too. Your milk to flour ratio should be more or less equal regardless of what you use. Almond and oat flours aren’t as absorbent as a wheat flour, so my dry ratio is slightly higher here.

 

Recipe Source: Sprouted Kitchen

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Salt and Pepper Zucchini Chips

Did you know that one cup of zucchini has only 27 calories? And within those calories lies oodles of nutrition including Protein, Fiber, Beta Carotene,  and Vitamin A, which not only helps the organs, but also helps your skin GLOW!  It’s no wonder why we love this easy recipe for Zucchini Chips! This low calorie/high nutrition treat will keep your snack cravings satisfied in a way that your whole body will love! Check out this quick and easy recipe below!

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Ingredients:

1 lb (about 4 cups) thin sliced Zucchini

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

½ tsp olive oil (this can be omitted)

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

 

Instructions:

Slice Zucchinni

In a medium bowl whisk salt, pepper, olive oil (if used), and vinegar

Add sliced zucchini

Toss with the “dressing” to coat

Arrange slices on dehydrator trays

Dehydrate at 135 degrees for 5-6 hours or until crispy

 

Recipe source: Frugal Freebies and Deals

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Skingredients: Glow Juice

At SkinOwl, we believe that beauty starts from within. The circulation rush we get from a good workout. The supplements we take. The meditation and reflection we give to our mind and spirit. And of course, the things we eat and drink! Check out The SkinOwl’s How-To Video on making your very own Glow Juice! Packed with the best nutrients and vitamins that make you look and feel your most radiant! We’ll drink to that :)


SkinOwl Glow Juice from Maja Kermath on Vimeo.